In a blog post roundup for April 29, 2008, Overlawyered noted an earlier post from The Complex Litigator, entitled "Coupon-only settlements are hard to sell." (Olson, "April 29 roundup" (April 29, 2008) www.overlawyered.com.) As I make mention of Overlawyered's link to this site, I find myself contemplating whether to include Overlawyered on my list of read-worthy blogs. Do I succumb to self interest and avoid promoting a site that is essentially dedicated to cataloging the excesses and failures of the legal system? Do I commend Overlawyered and work to effectuate positive change from within, by self-selecting laudable cases?
No doubt that the legal profession makes itself an easy target. But for every one of Overlawyered's posts confirming the death of self-restraint and common sense, there is a story of justice dispensed wisely, after diligent effort by courageous attorneys and clients. To Overlawyered's credit, that blog never suggests that all litigation is bad. Rather, it offers, as its mission statement, the following:
Overlawyered.com explores an American legal system that too often turns litigation into a weapon against guilty and innocent alike, erodes individual responsibility, rewards sharp practice, enriches its participants at the public's expense, and resists even modest efforts at reform and accountability.
I suppose that I have answered my own question about the merits of including Overlawyered in the dialog here. I am interested in using The Complex Litigator to explore all manner of subjects touching on class action and complex litigation. Some topics, like technology issues, concern the implementation of efficiencies to make a litigator's life easier. Others, such as the recent discussion about coupon settlements in class actions spans topics of class action settlment mechanics and ethics in the law. The Complex Litigator is intended to become a community that, by its nature, includes diverse viewpoints and ideas. All appropriately expressed thoughts are welcome.